10 Weeks Pregnant
When you’re 10 weeks pregnant, you may be getting some crazy, wild mood changes.
Mood swings are due to rapidly increasing hormones in your body.
Feel a little better knowing that it’s not just you?
There isn’t much you can do about the hormones but you can lessen the effects on you by:
- Reducing stress and making sure you incorporate relaxation into each day, to unwind emotionally and allow your body to release tension. Meditation or yoga is perfect for this.
- Getting plenty of sleep (preferably more hours before midnight than after). Sleep is when your body recharges and rejuvenates. Trying to function on very little sleep can make you more sensitive to events around you.
- Eating well will provide your baby with the right nutrients to develop as well as support your body. Growing a baby is a pretty big task and wholesome, nutritious food can really help your body cope. If you need help with your diet, seek the help of a qualified expert in nutrition. BellyBelly’s article Nutrition in Pregnancy is a good place to start.
- Exercising as often as you can. This doesn’t mean you need to run a marathon but moving your body, whether it is pregnancy classes, a walk or even swimming, can improve your mood. Being fit does have benefits for pregnancy and birth as well.
Your Body – 10 Weeks Pregnant
Constipation can also be a problem at around 10 weeks. This is thanks to the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the bowel and intestine and as a result slows down the passage of food. When this happens, your body removes more water from your stools causing them to harden. Ensure that you’re drinking plenty of filtered water — around 2-3 litres per day.
Avoid processed grains like bread, biscuits, pasta and other wheat products that can bind you up and spike blood sugar levels. Instead, opt for lots of fresh vegetables, protein, good fats (avocado, coconut oil, salmon, eggs and chia seeds) and some fruit.
A high fibre diet — sourced from fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than inflammation causing wheat and grain based cereals — will also help your digestive system. Wind and gas often increases in pregnancy.
For tips on reducing wind, read our article gas during pregnancy.
You might be able to discern a bump around your abdomen area, which is probably causing some discomfort with your regular clothes. It’s not uncommon for women at 10 weeks pregnant to get home and pull on some comfy clothes – all the better for resting on the couch, as your energy levels are probably still very low.
Your Baby – 10 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby’s joints are fully developed and limbs can now bend. Fingers and toes are formed and have grown tiny nails, and hair is beginning to grow.
The nervous system is starting to develop along with the large muscles and the digestive system.
Eye colour is now determined and the eyelids are fused shut until early in the third trimester, as the irises develop. Your baby’s head is about half its body length!
When you’re 10 weeks pregnant, your baby measures approximately 3cms long, weighs around 4 grams and is the size of a large grape.